Advanced creative non-fiction: turning experience into art

Course Dates: 21/09/21 - 30/11/21
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: Online
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Weave the rich strands of your personal experience into an intricate story that will entertain and educate readers. Ideal if you've attended 'Creative non-fiction' or already have a specific project planned out.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW398

Full Tue, eve, 21 Sep - 30 Nov '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course teaches advanced skills for writing, editing and polishing a pre-planned creative non-fiction project. Sophisticated crafting techniques will be taught across genres selected by the class. Students will be given the opportunity to workshop their writing, and the writing of other students on the course.

Students like: "trying out new styles"; "the level of debate & interaction with fellow students and the tutor"; "learning about how to engage readers with non-fiction"; "meeting like-minded people"; "the many tips & relevant readings the teacher gave us.".

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Which elements of your story should you present to the reader?
- Which structural techniques can be used to evoke an emotional or cerebral reaction from the reader?
- Which language techniques are most effective for your selected genre, and why?
- How can characterisation and setting be used effectively in creative non-fiction?
- Additional topics to be determined by the class output.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Write chapters or excerpts from your own creative non-fiction project which create a desired effect on the reader.
- Edit and revise your writing by applying structural and language techniques taught on the course.
- Critically evaluate your own approach to creative non-fiction to open up new avenues of exploration.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced course suitable only for students who have already taken our intermediate classes in creative non-fiction.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mix of excerpt analysis, workshopping your own writing and that of other students, group work, class discussion, writing exercises and formal instruction from the tutor.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials are the only materials needed but books may be recommended to you to enhance and continue your learning.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of courses in autobiographical writing and journalism. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Julie Garton

Julie studied at the University of Essex, the Central School of Speech and Drama and Dartington College. She has written several plays for young audiences for, amongst others, the Unicorn Theatre for Children. She currently writes articles about landscape, heritage and nature. Julie won the 2014 British Czech and Slovak creative writing prize for her personal essay about the Czech Poet and dissident Ivan Blatny.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.